Thanks to a public outcry, the idea of making changes to Hamilton’s pool enclosure bylaw is heading back to committee for further study.
A week ago, the planning committee recommended a bylaw change, that would require four-sided fencing around all new pools in the city in a bid to protect small children.
Opponents say there are other options and they’ve greeted city council with signs reading “educate don’t regulate” and “don’t fence me out”.
Ward 8’s Terry Whitehead is among those voting to send the decision back to committee to hear public delegations, citing “hundreds and hundreds of emails, phone calls and direct contact”.
One of the industry’s main arguments is that four-sided fencing creates a false sense of security in place of education and teaching children to swim.